Towards a Little Light

by Ondine Chorus

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Mark Lisetto-Smith
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Mark Lisetto-Smith This chorus group had a concert in Stratford that was cancelled on the night of ice storm in December. Since they were all ready and had time, the group decided to record this EP in one of their houses. I like that while we were making merry with friends during the storm at our home on that same night, they were performing these lovely pieces in front of a crackling fire.
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When the December Ice Storm descended upon southwestern Ontario and caused Ondine Chorus to cancel a Stratford concert, the sudden availability of time combined with Lewis Melville's offer to seize the opportunity to record, instigated the creation of this EP. If you listen closely you may hear the crackle of the fireplace as the seven musicians and singers huddled around microphones on the cold December evening.

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released March 3, 2014

Produced by Jeff Bird, Sue Smith & Shannon Kingsbury
Recorded by Lewis Melville & Jeff Bird at TY TYRFU. Mastered by Jim Kissling.
Mixed at TY TYRFU by Jeff Bird and the cottaGe by Jeff Bird and Scott Merritt.
Cover Image: "Mother Winter III" by Jeanie Tomanek, used with permission.
Design: Andrew McPherson

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Ondine Chorus Guelph, Ontario

ONDINE CHORUS is a Guelph-based vocal collective guided by Co-Artistic Directors Shannon Kingsbury and Sue Smith. Members include David Beattie, Tricia Brubacher, Tannis Slimmon and Monique Vischschraper. ONDINE performances include a mix of scored and improvised works often in site specific and unusual venues and often in collaboration with artists across many disciplines. ... more

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Track Name: Into The Dark
INTO THE DARK
Sue Smith c. SOCAN 2013

Heavy footprints in the fallen snow
Make a pathway I’m following
Where, I do not know

Down the hill, through the wood
Over the river
Into the dark
Down the hill, through the wood
Over the river
Into the dark

The wind is calling
The snow has drifted
All the footprints disappeared
But still I follow

The turning season
Has called to me
Come and walk through the darkness
Toward the little light

Down the hill, through the wood
Over the river
Into the dark
Down the hill, through the wood
Over the river
Into the dark

There in the distance
A beckoning glow in a window pane
Flicker of firelight
The door flung wide
Kind welcome for a stranger

The turning season
Has called to me
Come and walk through the darkness
Toward the little light

Down the hill, through the wood
Over the river
Into the dark
Down the hill, through the wood
Over the river
Into the dark
Track Name: Hush, the Moon is Rising
Hush, the Moon is Rising
Shannon Kingsbury SOCAN

We sway to the rhythm of the heartbeat of the earth
With the trees blown by the wind with which we sing
We dance in the patterns of the stars in the night
And we shine like the moon full with light given from
The sun
sun
sun

In the dark of the night we feel the magic rise
In the glow of silver cast down from the moon
In shadows we will play and shadows we will be
We will steal across the hills weaving webs of mystery through
The night
night
night

Hush, the moon is rising
Hush, the moon is rising
Hush, the moon is rising
hush....
Track Name: Children, Go Where I Send Thee
Children Go Where I Send Thee
Traditional Gospel, Arranged by Tannis Slimmon

Children go where I send thee, how shall I send thee?
I'm gonna send thee one by one
1 for the little bitty baby
Born, born, born in Bethlehem

Children go where I send thee, how shall I send thee?
I'm gonna send thee two by two
2 for Paul and Silas
1 for the little bitty baby
Born, born, born in Bethlehem

Children go where I send thee, how shall I send thee?
I'm gonna send thee three by three
3 for the Hebrew children
2 for Paul and Silas
1 for the little bitty baby
Born, born, born in Bethlehem


Children go where I send thee, how shall I send thee?
I'm gonna send thee four by four
4 for the 4 that stood at the door
3 for the Hebrew children
2 for Paul and Silas
1 for the little bitty baby
Born, born, born in Bethlehem

Children go where I send thee, how shall I send thee?
I'm gonna send thee five by five
5 for the gospel preachers
4 for the 4 that stood at the door
3 for the Hebrew children
2 for Paul and Silas
1 for the little bitty baby
Born, born, born in Bethlehem
Born, born, born in Bethlehem
Born, born, born in Bethlehem
Track Name: There Is No Rose of Such Virtue
There is No Rose of Such Virtue
c.14th Century English Marian Hymn. Arranged by Shannon Kingsbury

Alleluia
There is no rose of such virtue
As is the rose that bare Jesu
There is no rose of such virtue
As is the rose that bare Jesu;
Alleluia

Res miranda
For in this rose is contained
Both heaven and earth in little space
There is no rose of such virtue
As is the rose that bare Jesu
Alleluia

Transeamus
Then leave we all this worldly mirth
and follow we this joyful birth
There is no rose of such virtue
As is the rose that bare Jesu
Alleluia
Alleluia
Track Name: La Rosa Enflorece
La rosa enflorece
en el mez del may
mi alma s'escurese
sufriendo del amar
mi alma s'escurese
sufriendo del amar

Los bilbilicos cantan
sospiran del amar
y la passion me mata
muchigua mi dolor
y la passion me mata
muchigua mi dolor

Mas presto ven paloma
Mas presto ven a mi
Mas presto tu mi alma
que yo me voy morir
Mas presto tu mi alma
que yo me voy morir